12:37, July 11 258 0 theguardian.com

2018-07-11 12:37:04
Rage Against the Machine demands Nigel Farage change his podcast's name

The band Rage Against the Machine have demanded that Nigel Farage changes the name of his LBC podcast called Farage Against the Machine. The band sent a cease and desist letter to the former Ukip leader on Tuesday stating that his podcast, hosted on LBC radio, “brazenly and unlawfully exploits” their name.

They said that any implication of RATM’s “endorsement” of Farage or his policies was “particularly abhorrent” due to what they called his “far-right political views”.

They insisted that the politician, who is an MEP, should no longer use their name and that he should find “some other target to troll”. They suggested he could focus on Donald Trump, whom Farage had said he considered a good friend.

The letter by the band’s main attorney, Howard King, also demanded Farage stopped using all marketing, promotion and advertising with everything that “falsely associates you, your colleagues at LBC and Fox, and your far-right political views with RATM”.

The band had tweeted this year when Farage released the podcast’s name in March, writing: “This pissweasel IS the machine – peddling the sort of inane, blame-heavy bullshit that the guys in @RATM have been raging against since day one ...”

Farage has yet to comment, and he neglected to mention the issue when he briefly appearing on Jeremy Vine’s weekday Radio 2 show on Wednesday.

On the show Farage talked instead about whether the World Cup could unite the country. When Ed Miliband, standing in for Vine, asked “aren’t you a symbol of the division we have [in the UK?]”, Farage commented on public “anger against the political establishment”. He added: “The government is betraying Brexit.”

On the iTunes Podcast service, where the show is available, Farage has garnered a 3.5/5 listener rating. More than 300 written responses range from claim that he is “one of the few people in the world of politics prepared to tell it like it is”, to a rejection of the podcast as “utter rubbish”.

This is not the first instance of a clash between musicians and politicians. Bruce Springsteen had Ronald Reagan’s 1984 re-election campaign remove his hit song Born in the USA as a campaign accompaniment.

Similarly, Trump played Queen’s famous anthem We Are the Champions at the Republican national convention in 2016 despite a public announcement by the guitarist Brian May that the band would “never give permission” for that. In a succinct response to Trump’s actions the band tweeted that this was “an unauthorised use at the Republican convention against our wishes”.